APS 3 Collection Officer

National Portrait Gallery of Australia
Closing Date
Sun, 08th December 2019
Position Type
Full Time
$58,959 - $63,630

The position
The Collection Officer works closely with the Preparator & Exhibition Designer/Co-ordinator and reports directly to the Collection Manager. The Portrait Gallery employs two Collection Officers who work mostly as a team to install works of art in the permanent and temporary galleries, to pack works for transport and to ensure the safe storage, tracking and processing of works of art.
Specific tasks:
1. As a member of the Registration team undertake handling, installation, packing and unpacking of art objects and ensure that the Gallery’s collection, and all art objects in the temporary custody of the Gallery (exhibitions, acquisitions and loans) are handled, displayed and stored to current museum standards.
2. Assist with the documentation of works of art, including initial receipting and condition reporting.
3. Assist in the unloading, transportation and delivery of works of art, exhibition equipment and associated materials.
4. Undertake packing and crating for outgoing loans and travelling exhibitions
5. Installation and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
6. Work as a member of a multi-disciplinary project team to assist the delivery of the exhibition program and access to the collection ensuring best practice application of Workplace Health and Safety and participative work management practices.

Selection criteria:
1. Supports strategic direction
• Supports shared purpose and direction
• Thinks strategically
• Harnesses information and opportunities
• Shows judgement, intelligence and common sense
2. Achieves results
• Identifies and uses resources wisely
• Applies and builds professional expertise
• Responds positively to change
• Takes responsibility for managing work projects to achieve results
3. Supports productive working relationships
• Nurtures internal and external relationships
• Listens to, understands and recognises the needs of others
• Values individual differences and diversity
• Shares learning and supports others
4. Displays personal drive and integrity
• Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity
• Engages with risk and shows personal courage
• Promotes and adopts a positive and balanced approach to work
• Commits to action
• Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development
5. Communicates with influence
• Communicates clearly
• Listens, understands and adapts to audience
• Negotiates confidently
Industry specific – desirable:
1. Knowledge and practical experience of safe manual handling, installation and storage of a range of works of art preferably within a museum environment.
2. Proven ability to work on several projects simultaneously and prioritise activities to specific deadlines.
3. Demonstrated skills in the maintenance of accurate records in manual and computer based formats.
4. Knowledge and skills in the use of museum collection management software would be an advantage.
5. Evidence of effective skills in written and oral communication and in establishing good working relationships within a team based working environment.

This position requires a high level of manual dexterity and a willingness to lift loads within Workplace Health and Safety guidelines. Working at heights and WAVE operation training will be provided.

Applicant Information
If you require further information please contact Maria Ramsden, Collection Manager, 02 6102 7041 or by email at maria.ramsden@npg.gov.au.
Please provide a statement of claims against the required duties of no more than 2 A4 pages. Applications are to be submitted to npghrservices@npg.gov.au along with current CV and application coversheet which can be found on our website www.portrait.gov.au

For assistance responding to the selection criteria and general information about applying for jobs in the Australian Public Service please refer to Cracking the Code or ASPC Website.


Maria Ramsden 02 6102 7041 maria.ramsden@npg.gov.au

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